Have your say on making drinking water safer for everyone


MfE has launched a public consultation on proposed changes to the National Environmental Standard for Sources of Human Drinking Water (NES-DW).

Your feedback is welcome until 6 March 2022.

The Government is proposing three key areas of improvement to NES-DW to strengthen its ability to protect drinking water sources:

  • standardising the way we define source water areas,
  • strengthening regulation of activities around water sources, and
  • including more water suppliers under the NES-DW.

You can read more about the proposed changes and make a submission using the links below.

Feedback received will help MfE further refine their proposal to amend the current NES-DW, before the regulations are redrafted and gazetted later in 2022.